Beyond Generations is the joint exhibition of Design Academy Eindhoven and the Van Abbemuseum, on view from 7 October until 5 November. It's part of the programme for Dutch Design Week 2017.


The meaning of the term design is constantly changing. Every generation develops their own understanding, from useful functionality to luxurious beauty. Many young designers are now deploying design as a form of social and political intervention.

With the exhibition series Traces Design Academy Eindhoven will spend the next five years investigating the traces the academy has left in the city, region, nation and the world; and in the design field itself. Traces #1 Beyond Generations demonstrates how over a 70-year period new visions were developed by generations of designers through continuous discussion with one another, which in turn kept changing the profession. These dialogues are materialised around eight core themes. Art works from the museum collection reflect the social and cultural environment in which the dialogues unfold. The core themes are as follows: Professional Image, Democratic Space, Social Transformation, System Thinking, Free Form, Conceptual Reflections, Story Spaces and Being Human.

In three galleries, the dialogue even escapes into associative conversation: a major driver of change. In these rooms there are several dialogues between designers. Most designers share the desire to be unique. But, consciously or unconsciously they stand on each other's shoulders. It seems as if they are engaged in a conversation about mutual ambitions; even when they are decades apart. Others cherish their controversy to clarify their own positions. Who watches and listens carefully, can tap into the buzz and discover the associative links between objects and approaches. It reveals how the history of design is created by dialogue.

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Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10
5611NH Eindhoven

Map No. 72

Central Area

Accessible for disabled, Toilets

Opening hours

Sat 21 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Sun 22 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Mon 23 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Tue 24 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Wed 25 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Thu 26 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Fri 27 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Sat 28 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Sun 29 Oct 11:00 - 18:00


Curator: Annemartine van Kesteren
Exhibition design: Bart Guldemond
Texts: Ellen Zoete
Sponsors: Partner: Design Academy Eindhoven. Sponsors: Koninklijke Auping, LEOLUX NEDERLAND, Moooi, NLXL.

Organized by Van Abbemuseum

The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven is one of the leading museums for contemporary art in Europe. The museum’s collection of around 3000 works of art includes key works and archives by Lissitzky, Picasso, Kokoschka, Chagall, Beuys, McCarthy, Daniëls and Körmeling. The museum has an experimental approach towards art’s role in society. Openness, hospitality and knowledge exchange are important to us.

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